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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Media Representations

Media Presentations

The Celluloid Closet
"A cineastes's dream voyage through a century of cinema, taking a witty and stylish look at the varying ways homosexuality has been represented on the silver screen. It is a vivid montage of movie clips from over 100 classics interspersed with interviews with filmmakers."

Fabulous!: The Story of Queer Cinema
"An overview of the recent history of gay and lesbian cinema, from Kenneth Anger's pioneering Fireworks (1947) to Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005). Where documentaries about earlier times looked at the closeted world, Fabulous! celebrates films featuring gay characters and those made by out directors on homosexual themes."

Further Off Straight and Narrow: New Gay Visability on Television 1998-2006
"Surveys network dramas, sitcoms, reality shows, and premium cable programming to show how [the depictions of GLBT characters] are often marked by ambivalence and tension. The film cautions that although GLBT characters and plotlines have become more prevalent and complex in recent years, the images and stories portrayed continue to be shaped by narrow commercial imperatives. The film argues that the evolution of GLBT representations should be seen less as an indication of big media's sudden commitment to social justice, or as a sign that the struggle for gay equality has been won, than as a recognition of GLBT consumers and gay taste by advertisers and media conglomerates."

Here's Looking at You Boy: The Coming-Out of Queer Cinema
"A documentary about the coming of age of gay films. Traces its development from the 1950s to the 21st century, Back then, whenever a homosexual character appeared, they were doomed to either die or go mad at the end. In recent times, the gay and lesbian film community exudes a self-confidence, which has been characterized by award-winning films.."

I Am Devine
"The dynamic, fun, and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine. Learn about his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth, and his rise to fame as an internationally recognized drag superstar."

Making the Boys
"Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, before the AIDS epidemic, gay pride parades or the Stonewall uprising, The Boys in the Band changed everything. Making the Boys explores the drama, struggle, and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. The Boys in the Band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Featuring anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers."